This pair is making history and fulfilling the dream of making space more accessible.
According to People, Antiguan citizens Keisha Schahaff, a wellness coach, and her daughter Anastatia Mayers will become the first Caribbeans to travel to space on an upcoming voyage dubbed “Galactic 02.” The journey will be Virgin Galactic’s second commercial space flight.
A Dream Come True
“When I was two years old, just looking up to the skies, I thought, ‘How can I get there?’” Schahaff recalled in a news release. “The fact that I am here, the first to travel to space from Antigua, shows that space really is becoming more accessible.”
What’s more, she will become the first mother to have her daughter with her in the upcoming trip to space.
“I know I will be changed by my experience,” Schahaff expressed.
Making Space More Accessible
For the pair, the move was made possible in a draw that also raised $1.7 million for Space For Humanity, a non-profit on a mission to expand accessibility to space.
At this time, Virgin Galactic has sold roughly 800 tickets for the flights. A total of 600 tickets cost up to $250,000 each, and 200 were sold for $450,000.
Meet The Passengers
Just like her mother is making history, Mayers will become the second-youngest passenger to travel to space. Currently, she is a sophomore at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where she is studying philosophy and physics.
Joining them is 80-year-old passenger Jon Goodwin who will become the first Olympian and second person with Parkinson’s disease to make the journey to space. Virgin Galactic Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses will be flying with the crew as well to assess the experience.
The voyage will reach a speed of 2,600 mph and is set to last for a minimum of 90 minutes. All four passengers will reach the edge of space where, according to reports, they will get to experience “incredible views.”